This surgical-robotics firm has made our list for the fourth year in a row on sales and services of its "da Vinci" systems for use in a range of chest, neurologic, and gynecologic procedures. Surgeons use the firm's computer-aided robotic technology to perform tiny incisions while seated at a console a few feet away from the patient.
Since its first system was cleared for use in minimally invasive procedures ten years ago, the firm has installed over 1,500 da Vincis -- at a cost of between $1 million and $2.4 million each -- in hospitals around the world. About 205,000 procedures were performed with the technology last year. Intuitive Surgical expects a 35% surge in total procedures in 2010.
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